LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An Angelina County judge rejected a man's guilty plea in reference to allegations that the man punched a Lufkin Police officer who had confronted him after he walked out of the Pitser Garrison Convention Center in August of 2014.
Christopher Blaine Jones, 26, of Lufkin, appeared in Judge Bob Inselmann's 217th Judicial District Court Wednesday for a plea hearing. However, when Jones went to make his plea, Inselmann rejected it because Jones kept making it seem like the Lufkin PD officer was asking to get hit in the way he was treating them in regard to the alcohol.
Al Charanza, Jones' defense attorney said the case will now go back into the jury selection docket.
When Jones was arrested in August of 2014, he was originally charged with third-degree felony assaulting a public servant, Class A misdemeanor resisting arrest, and Class C misdemeanor public intoxication.
According to the narrative of the Lufkin Police Department incident report, a Lufkin Police officers was dispatched out to the Pitser Garrison Convention Center located at 601 N. Second Street to assist another officer at approximately 11:12 p.m. on Aug. 17.
When the officer arrived on the scene, he found an LPD sergeant standing in front of Jones, who was sitting with his hands cuffed in front of him. It was obvious that Jones had been hit in the stomach area with a dart from an electric stun device. The second officer on the scene took Jones to the emergency room at Lufkin's Memorial Hospital, where the dart was removed.
According to the narrative, Jones had walked out of the Pitser Garrison Convention Center with a beer in his hand. The LPD sergeant confronted him about the alcoholic beverage in his hand and told him to place his hands on a vehicle for a pat-down search.
At that point, Jones allegedly turned and punched the sergeant. The LPD sergeant deployed his Taser and took Jones into custody. A bystander assisted the Lufkin Police sergeant.